Back Surgery Rates after Workplace Accidents Vary by Location

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The likelihood that injured workers will get back surgery following their accidents depends on the geographic area in which they seek treatment for their back pain. A recent study found that back pain is a critical issue in workers’ compensation cases, with about 20 percent of the injuries covered by workers’ compensation being back injuries. 

Although back pain is a very common injury in a workplace accident, how best to treat those injuries is controversial. The frequency of surgery varies widely from state to state. For example, in Tennessee and Oklahoma, almost 20 percent of injured workers with back pain had surgery. In Florida and California less than 10 percent of workers with the same injuries had surgery.

The study found some reasons that some areas have higher rates of surgery include higher reimbursement rates for surgery, more surgeons in the area, and surgery-intensive local practice norms. The study looked at workers in 13 states who had work-related back injuries, including Texas. The workers’ medical treatment was followed for one year following the date of their injury.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you have the right to compensation for your injuries, as well as for proper medical treatment. If you have been injured at work, call the Houston workplace injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on YouTube. Call us today for your free consultation on your case. 

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